Windows 10 is a great OS platform, but as we all know there are a host of different things more advanced users want to do with their machine that Windows itself may not be able to support. Movies and TV shows in .mkv format offer high definition in smaller file size, but Windows won’t play it. And, let’s face it: Edge isn’t a good enough web browser.
These 5 free apps for Windows are the best bet for your PC to do what you want it to do. We’ll cover 5 of the more fundamental aspects of a good PC: web browsing, organization, maintenance, games and media.
The Best 5 Free Windows Apps for Your PC
While Microsoft Edge is certainly a step up from Internet Explorer, it still lacks a lot of the comforts and expandability that Chrome can offer. Google Chrome will allow you to log into your Google account, thus being able to sync all your bookmarks, browsing history, saved form AutoFill info (name, address, phone number), as well as saved passwords if you wish. All is customizable within the app, and it comes with myriads of extensions like AdBlocker, FlashBlock, free VPN, and more. Above all, it’s certainly the fastest and most efficient browser.
Call it the Windows-version cousin of Google Keep, or call it what you want, but Evernote is extremely practical for the digital note-taker. With this app you can sync text entries (memos, lists, notes) along with entire web pages, images, and links across various devices. The desktop version of the app is perfect to serve as a central control for all the entries synched across your other devices. It’ll get you organized.
Your PC can easily get so bogged down with junk in your browser files, registry for Windows, memory dumps and residual Recycle Bin data. So much so that even the fastest machine can start to get sluggish if not kept well-maintained. CCleaner is a great free program that allows you to manually select or program automatic checks, cleanings, and wipes of certain areas of your hard disk. Keep that hard drive defragmented and your files will be much safer.
Steam is a free game client that offers the widest selection of games, both free and paid, available. Downloading the game client will allow you to create a User ID and password that will save your library of downloaded and purchased games that you can use across supported devices. Steam is constantly buying up source code for the classics like Age of Empires, Star Wars Battlefront, and others. So keep an eye out for your old favorites to become available, and also enjoy the huge selection of the newest and best PC games. Connect with friends for online play in a much simpler way with this app, too.
5. VLC Media Player
VLC offers the best compatibility of any media player available, for both music and video. The app is even capable of playing partially damaged or corrupted files, for example ones that were downloaded incomplete from a bittorrent. VLC reads 14 different video formats and almost every audio format available. The program itself is very minimalist looking, but don’t be fooled. It will allow you to create custom playlists of both video and audio files, change playback behavior, add subtitles, change playback speed and even convert tricky file extensions like .wma and .wmv to more useful formats like mp3 and 4. You’ll never get a codec error, and you’ll be happy you can play just about anything on this free app.
These 5 are some of the best free Windows apps that cover a lot of the basics. Each person knows what works for them, but having a smooth running, well-maintained and customizable PC is well within the reach of anyone who uses the apps mentioned above.